Introducing textile artist Richard McVetis

  • We’re very excited to be working with the talented textile artist Richard McVetis. We have been following Richard’s embroidery work...
    Richard McVetis - image by Benjamin McMahon
    We’re very excited to be working with the talented textile artist Richard McVetis. We have been following Richard’s embroidery work over the years and have watched it grow from strength to strength. Last year, he had his first solo show at the Craft Study Centre in Farnham and from seeing the work there we knew he would be a great addition to the Cavaliero Finn portfolio of artists.
    Richard graduated in Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2008. Since completing his BA in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, he has been shortlisted for several distinguished prizes, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, UK, 2011 and 2017; and he was a finalist in the international Loewe Craft Prize, 2018. Richard has shown work nationally and internationally at several exhibitions.
  • Richard's practice is deeply rooted in process, and intrinsic to this is hand embroidery. He records time and space through multiple dots, lines and crosses. These meticulously rendered stitches reflect a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process.
    Richard has made five stunning new hand embroidered pieces for Cavaliero Finn. In his new series of work, Richard examines his enduring fascination with outer space, our connection to material, place, and our intrinsic relationship to the cosmos. In making this work, Richard seeks to connect and regain persepective in a world of disorder. He gives us further insight into this body of work in this short video.
  • Professor Lesley Millar MBA, Professor of Textile Culture, Director of the International Textile Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts wrote a beautiful passage about Richard’s work, here’s a segment from it….
    "The work of Richard McVetis is a materialising of opposing forces: attraction and dispersal; quietude and activity; absence and presence. Tiny stitches, black on white, recording the finger movements of the maker across the work, passing through the cloth, finding their place, embedded in the space. These actions emerge from an immersion in the process, one that requires a tacit understanding of the space defined by bodily action. I wrote once: 'Space: we live in it. From cosmic space reaching and spreading beyond our comprehension, to the Nano space present in the intimacy between two surfaces pressed together. It’s out there, it’s in here and it is always with us. It surrounds us and we move through it'. And to negotiate that space we look to create a spatial framework - a cube, a grid or a map, a controlling structure originating from the space itself."
  • Available work by Richard McVetis